​​​​Meet the CTG Committee...


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Clin A/Prof Craig French

MBBS (Melb), FCICM, FANZCA

Chair, CTG Committee​

Craig French is a specialist Intensive Care Physician and Anaesthetist. He is the Director of Intensive Care at Western Health, Melbourne Australia, a Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne, and the Chair of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group. His primary interests are multicentre clinical research, clinical ethics, and guideline development.



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Dr Colin Mc​Arthu​​​​r​​​​​​​

MBChB, FANZCA, FCICM

​Immediate Past Chair, CTG Committee​

​Colin McArthur is a senior intensivist in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Auckland City Hospital, and Clinical Advisor for Research and Medical Advisor, Quality and Safety, for the Auckland District Health Board. He has over 20 years’ experience in clinical research in intensive care and has particular interest in research ethics and governance, trial design, influenza and other emerging infectious diseases, fluids, nutrition and sepsis.

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A/Prof Sandra Peake

BM BS, BSc(Hons), PHD, FCICM

Vice Chair, CTG Committee

Sandra Peake is a senior intensive care clinician in the Department of Intensive Care Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG) Committee. She has been an examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine for the past 11 years and has previously held positions as Chair of ANZICS (SA), Chair of the CICM (SA), Chair of the ANZICS Abstract Review Committee and Chair of the Intensive Care Foundation Scientific Committee.

A/Prof Peake is currently Chair of the Management Committee for the NHMRC-funded, ANZICS CTG-endorsed Australasian Resuscitation In Sepsis Evaluation (ARISE) multi-centre trial of early resuscitation in sepsis, co-chair of the NHMRC-funded, ANZICS CTG-endorsed multicentre trial of optimal calorie delivery in the critically ill (The Augmented versus Routine approach to Giving Energy Trial; TARGET) and a member of the Management Committee for the NHMRC-funded, CTG-endorsed multi-centre SMARRT (Sampling antibiotics in renal replacement therapy) trial.

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Dr Rachael Parke

RN, PhD

Secretary, CTG Committee 

Rachael Parke is a Nurse Senior Research Fellow in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit at Auckland City Hospital, NZ and the Immediate Past Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Coordinator Interest Group (IRCIG). Rachael has recently been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and was a Health Research Council (HRC) Clinical Research training fellow during that time. She is lead investigator for a programme of research investigating the effects of fluid management following cardiac surgery and holds an HRC feasibility grant for this work. She is on the management committee of several studies including the RELIEF, PHARLAP (alveolar recruitment strategies in patients with ARDS) and Supplemental PN studies. Rachael has published more than 28 articles and been Principal or Co-investigator on peer reviewed research grants exceeding NZ$1.872 million including 5 Health Research Council of New Zealand grants. Her research interests include oxygen therapy, noninvasive ventilation and cardiac surgery associated acute kidney injury.

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​Dr Manoj S​axena

MBBChir, BSc, FRACP, FCICM

Treasurer, CTG Committee

​Manoj Saxena completed undergraduate training in England (University of London and Cambridge), before moving to Sydney to complete training in General Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine (Concord and St. George Hospitals). After completing training, he additionally undertook a 2 year Fellowship at the Western General Hospital (Edinburgh, Scotland).

Manoj currently works as an Intensive Care Physician at St. George Hospital (University of New South Wales) and is a Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. He is completing a PhD on the subject of normothermia for acute brain injury and has developed a research program focused on therapeutic thermal regulation for critically ill patients with acute brain injury and sepsis. Other research areas include fluid resuscitation, early mobility, outcome measurement and registries/data linkage.

Intensive Care Physician, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St. George Hospital Clinical School, University of New South Wales
Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health


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A/Prof Winston Cheung
MBChB FRACP FCICM​​​​

NSW Regional Representative, CTG Committee

Winston Cheung is a Senior Staff Specialist in the Intensive Care Unit at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor with the Sydney Medical School – Concord, University of Sydney.

He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, is a fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Winston is a proponent of evidence-based health policy, and his main research interests centre round the evaluation of health systems and health policy in relation to the provision of critical care services. ​​​​


A/Prof Andrew Udy

BHB MB ChB PGCert(AME) FCICM PhD​ 

VIC Regional Representative, CTG Committee

Andrew is a full-time intensive care clinician and researcher at The Alfred ICU, Melbourne, Victoria.  He completed his undergraduate medical education at the University of Auckland, followed by ICU training in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia.  After award of Fellowship, Andrew worked as a consultant for many years in Queensland, while also completing a PhD in antibiotic pharmacokinetics (University of Queensland).  His major academic interests include optimised drug prescribing in the critically ill, haemodynamic management in severe sepsis, acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy, management of subarachnoid haemorrhage, and critical care nutrition.  Andrew is also a keen educator; instructing on BASIC, ALS, ECMO and EMST courses, and is Deputy Chair of the Victorian Regional Committee (VRC), College of Intensive Care Medicine.​

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Dr Benjamin Reddi ​

SA Regional Represe​ntative, CTG Committee


A/Prof Jeremy Cohen

 

QLD Regional Representative, CTG Committee

A/Prof Jeremy Cohen qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1990, where he also obtained a BSc in Biochemistry. He undertook a post graduate career in clinical medicine and anaesthesia before moving to Australia to pursue a career in Intensive Care Medicine. He is currently a Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in Queensland and an Associate Professor in the University of Queensland.

Jeremy has a research interest in adrenal function in critical illness and has completed his PhD in this topic. He is also actively involved in research projects on gene expression in septic shock, sub arachnoid haemorrhage and is a CI on the ADRENAL study and the ADRENAL_GEPPS sub study.

He has been an Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine Final Fellowship exam since 2008 and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Examination Committee.



Dr Shay McGuinness

NZ Regional Representative, CTG Committee


Dr Sacha Schweikert 

WA Regional Representative, CTG Committee


 
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​Dr David Cooper

MB, ChB, MSc, FCICM, FANZCA, FRGS, AFAsMA, DipDHM

TAS Regional Representative, CTG Committee​

David Cooper is Research Director in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and Medical Co-Director of the Department of Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania. Outside medicine, his interests include flying, hiking, climbing, walking the dog, and raising his four boys. He has recently completed a Masters degree in astronomy and astrophysics and is currently exploring PhD opportunities in a related field. Current research interests include the utility of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of cutaneous soft-tissue radiation injury, frostbite, circadian rhythm disturbance in ICU, physiological challenges to reproduction in Space, and meteorite impact structures in outback Australia.​​​

A/Prof Glenn Eastwood

CCRN, BN, BN(Hons), Grad DipNsg(Crit Care), PhD

​IRCIG Representative, CTG Committee​​ (Chair, IRCIG Executive​)

Glenn Eastwood is the Intensive Care Research Manager at the Austin Hospital. He commenced this current role at the Austin Hospital in January, 2009 and has quickly become one of Australia’s most experienced and successful Intensive Care nurse researchers. He has had considerable exposure to the conduct and publication of ICU clinical trials by working at the Austin Hospital ICU and helping to conduct multiple CTG studies. 

In 2013 Glenn completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Deakin University with a thesis titled ‘Oxygen therapy management for patients at risk of respiratory dysfunction’. Glenn’s post-doctoral research interest is aimed at improving the quality and safety of respiratory care for hospitalised patients. 

Glenn is a member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) and provides peer review for the Australian Critical Care, the Journal of Clinical Nursing and Critical Care & Resuscitation.​


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​Dr Marino Festa

MBBS, MRCP, FCICM, MD(Res)

ANZICS PSG Representative, CTG Committee

Marino trained as a paediatrician and paediatric intensive care physician in the UK and Australia and was appointed as a paediatric intensive care consultant at Evelina Children's Hospital, London in 2002. He moved to The Children's Hospital at Westmead (Sydney Children's Hospitals Network) in 2006, where he now works as Clinical Program Director for Critical Care Services.

Marino developed an interest in clinical research whilst training in paediatric intensive care at St Mary's Hospital, London, where he described the effects of meningococcal septic shock on the microcirculation of infants and children. Marino is co-lead of the Kids Critical Care Research group at Children's Hospital at Westmead, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for International Health. He is the Chief Investigator for the SAFE-EPIC international point prevalence study on fluid resuscitation in critically ill children. Ongoing research interests include sepsis, fluid resuscitation and the role of the red cell in critical care oxygen delivery.

A/Prof David Pilcher

CORE Representative, CTG Committee

David Pilcher trained in respiratory and general medicine in the UK before coming to Australia in 2002 to undertake further training in Intensive Care Medicine. He has worked as a specialist in Intensive Care at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne since 2006. His interests include organ donation, lung transplantation, ECMO and the epidemiology of Intensive Care medicine. He is presently the Director of the ANZICS Adult Patient Database and Chair of the ANZICS Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation. He is a medical advisor to DonateLife in Victoria. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.​


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​​Prof Imogen Mitchell

MBBS, BSc (Hons), PhD, FRCP, FRACP,​ FCICM

Co-opted Member, CTG Committee

Imogen Mitchell is Deputy Dean of the Medical School. Professor Mitchell returned to Canberra after completing her Australian Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been the Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital for the last 15 years. Imogen is a nationally and internationally recognized clinical and health systems researcher, specifically in the development of sustainable processes for managing patient deterioration.

Dean, ANU Medical School
Senior Staff Specialist, The Canberra Hospital
Medical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health

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Dr Elissa Milford​

BSc, MBBS​

ANZICS CTG Trainee Representative

Elissa Milford is a trainee in intensive care medicine currently based in Brisbane. She completed her undergraduate medical studies at the University of Queensland, and prior to that a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the University of New South Wales. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in severe trauma, and also has an interest in the red cell storage lesion and cryopreserved red blood cells, particularly in the management of the trauma patient.

​ Elissa is also a serving medical officer in the Australian Regular Army, employed on the ADF's medical specialist program.


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